Forming Polymers: A Problem for the Origin of Life
Assume for a moment that there was some way to produce simple organic molecules on the early Earth.
Complex Specified Information in the Lowly Sponge
Sponges are outliers in biology’s big bang, the Cambrian explosion. Their embryos appear in Precambrian strata, leading some to consider them primitive.
Nearly All of Evolution Is Best Explained by Engineering
Transposable elements modify gene regulation in maize to confer drought tolerance, alter flowering time, and enable plants to grow in toxic aluminum soils.
Paul Ashby on Thermodynamics, Information, and Life’s Molecular Machines
I particularly appreciate how his arguments complement my own analyses addressing the origin of life.
Fire and Metals — Primal Discoveries, by Design
The ability to tame fire led to the invention of the art of cooking, and much more.